Jostled throughout the match, FC Lorient finally qualified for the round of 16 of the Coupe de France after a penalty shootout against SC Bastia. Decisive during this session, Vito Mannone was the great architect of the qualification of the Bretons. Here is our debrief of the meeting.
With a largely overhauled starting lineup, FCL conceded many chances during the game. The more enterprising the Corsicans have created the best situations for themselves. At the first quarter of an hour, Joris Sainati, from the head, did not go far from putting the residents of Ligue 2 on the right track. Then Kévin Van Den Kerkhof was also very close to opening the scoring for the Bastiais (24th), but the crossbar came to save the Lorient goalkeeper. Faced with amorphous Bretons in the first act, the Corsicans failed to concretize their domination.
Upon returning from the locker room, FC Lorient showed a little more desire without creating huge situations. Shortly after the hour mark, Ibrahima Koné took advantage of a bad back pass from a Bastia defender to open the scoring (0-1; 64th). After the equalizer, Régis Brouard’s men came back and eventually equalized 10 minutes from the end of the match. Following a corner, Joris Sainati propelled the ball into the back of the net (1-1; 80th). It was therefore on penalties that the qualification was decided.
Vito Mannone as a hero
Substitute at the start of the season, Vito Mannone has now started since Yvon Mvogo’s injury against PSG in October. And the least we can say is that the Polish porter provides a quality interim. This Saturday again, against SC Bastia, the last bulwark of Lorient saved FCL on multiple occasions (80th and 85th). During the penalty shootout, he took out the parade he needed on the second Corsican attempt. While the Bretons did not fail against Zacharie Boucher, the Corsicans were again in check against Manone. And it was finally Laurent Abergel who sealed Lorient’s qualification in the round of 16.
A greatly overhauled team
As in the previous round against the Châtaigneraie, Régis Le Bris had decided to make many changes in his eleven. Deprived of Enzo Le Fée (sprained ankle) and Terem Moffi (sick), the Lorient players started the game with Adil Aouchiche in 10 and Ibrahima Koné at the forefront in the usual 4-2-3-1 of the Breton coach . With this starting composition, there is no longer much doubt that the Coupe de France does not seem to be a primary objective for the Morbihan club this season. This choice to leave the incumbents to rest in the cup is probably explained by the good ranking of FC Lorient in Ligue 1 (7th). Less well since the resumption, the FCL will try to continue next week against its neighbor Rennes in the championship.